Wednesday, September 11, 2013

how to make a cyanotype

I love this particular class session ... I'll skip the indoors bit, where we look at Anna Atkins's images of seaweed and ferns and grasses, and talk about ferric salts, and get outside, and to the fun bit ...
1) placing the objects on pre-prepared paper ... most people used leaves or jewelry (I experimented with different thicknesses of lime slices, which worked interestingly - and no, the acide didn't seem to make any difference), but one person used his half eaten lunch in a plastic container ... 

2) hanging around for five minutes or so, whilst the UV light from the sun did the developing

3) washing the prints in water

4) laying them out to dry, 

5) and then admiring them - and back to the classroom to talk about what they learned.  Quite a lot, this time - and not just that Anna Atkins was remarkably skilled ... they took on board, and first hand, that skill, and chance, and time, and angle, and patience, and composition, all played a real role - and then there was just time to watch a brief Susan Verges video, showing her placing photographic plates underwater and photographing aqueous weeds and waving water itself.

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